Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept Is A Supercar For The Third MillenniumNovember 7, 2017
Lamborghini has taken the wraps off the futuristic Terzo Millennio concept.
Lamborghini and MIT have teamed up to create a wild and futuristic electric hypercar concept. Called the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, the concept car is a cautious glimpse into the Italian automaker’s future. As a result, the car has an advanced electric powertrain, an ultra lightweight structure, and an extremely aerodynamic exterior.
Like everything else Lamborghini does, it’s looking for ways to radically change how we perceive automobiles, and in this case, the electrification of them. For the most part, Lamborghini is shying away from committing to electrification, and for now, there’s little reason to believe an all-electric Lamborghini is in the works. But that doesn’t mean the company isn’t thinking about an electrified future.
Speaking of the powertrain, the concept has four electric motors which are powered by supercapacitors and energy storage devices which are built into the concept’s body panels. In order to achieve this, Lamborghini envisions the car would use carbon fiber nanotubes and ultra thin batteries that can be formed into various shapes and sandwiched in between two panels.
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Instead of having heavy batteries weighing down an electric car, Lamborghini’s idea is to implement them into the carbon fiber body. To take it to another level, there’s even the idea of making those nanotubes self-healing. Essentially the car is able to self-monitor its carbon fiber structure, with the ability to detect any cracks or damage. When detected, “micro-channels filled with healing chemistries” will actually work on repairing the structure. Naturally the technological ideas showcased by the Terzo Millennio aren’t heading to production anytime soon. But don’t be surprised if styling elements of the concept trickle down to future production Lamborghini models.
Teaming up with MIT, the Terzo Millennio is meant to showcase futuristic technology and this concept is packed with ideas straight out of a sci-fi movie. For example, the automaker is working with MIT professors to develop a way that supercapacitors can both capture and release energy. In addition, the team is conducting research on how to build body components with carbon fiber nanotubes that could serve as lithium-ion batteries.
Lamborghini didn’t go into specifics but said the setup promises to provide fast recharging times which are aided by an advanced kinetic energy regeneration system.
Given the combination of carbon fiber and high-tech batteries, it seems certain that some of the panels would eventually form cracks and potentially break. To prevent this, Lamborghini and MIT are working towards developing carbon fiber that can effectively heal itself. As the company explained, the car would continually monitor itself and look for any signs of damage. If a crack is detected, “micro-channels filled with healing chemistries” would release to fix the faulty panel or component.
The technology is definitely futuristic and shouldn’t expect to see it on a Lamborghini anytime soon. However, Lamborghini’s research and development boss noted the technology is a work in progress and some components are closer to becoming a reality than others.